Hasan Akintug is a doctoral student at the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of Helsinki. He holds a master’s degree in European and Nordic Studies from the University of Helsinki and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Hacettepe University. He is particularly interested in contemporary political history, regional integration processes and minority issues. Akintug’s doctoral project focuses on the external policies of the autonomous polities in the Nordic region. He is also affiliated with the Åland Islands Peace Institute.